Clark County’s victories celebrated at Arkadelphia chamber banquet

Event-goers watch the debut of a marketing video showcasing Clark County as a destination for business attraction and expansion. | E’Lyse Thaxton/Chamber of Commerce

The ‘positive momentum and excitement’ happening in Clark County, Arkansas will segue into an even brighter 2024

By E’LYSE THAXTON | Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce

The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce, presented by Citizens Bank, hosted their Annual Chamber Banquet on October 24, 2023. The event took place at the Martin B. Garrison Activity and Conference Center on the campus of Henderson State University. 

This annual gathering of the Clark County business community featured remarks from Alliance and Chamber staff and the debut of an economic development marketing video showcasing the region as a destination for business attraction and expansion.  Attendees were also shown a video highlighting the progress being made on the Arkadelphia Bypass project, a critical infrastructure upgrade for the region.   

The Chamber’s annual awards ceremony recognized outstanding individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the community.  

The 2022 Award Recipients include: 

Volunteer of the Year: Jason McCready  

Rising Star: Joel Phelps  

Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Arkadelphia JROTC  

APSD District Teacher of the Year: Vanessa Rodgers  

Excellence in Small Business: Shuffield Music Co.  

Business Excellence: Ouachita Baptist University  

President’s Distinguished Citizen: Dr. Celya Taylor from Henderson State University 

“Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition and thank you for your continued contributions to our community’s prosperity and growth,” said Tara Rollins, Alliance and Chamber Executive Vice President. “These award recipients embody the spirit of excellence, dedication and innovation that make our community thrive. Their hard work and commitment serve as an inspiration to us all.” 

Click Here to View Award Recipient Photos 

Rounding out the event, the Alliance and Chamber President and CEO, Shelley Short, emphasized their ongoing commitment to creating a skilled workforce, improving local education efforts, developing the physical infrastructure needed to recruit and retain business, and creating a livable community with the quality-of-life assets necessary for talent and business attraction.   

One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of a new small business and entrepreneurship development program that begins in January facilitated by Conway’s The Conductor, an entrepreneurial support organization.  This program will provide technical assistance to area businesses through workshops, training, and one-on-one virtual and in-person consultations with small business owners and those looking to start a business.  A key deliverable will be the creation of a sustainable, long-term plan for providing entrepreneurial and small business support in Clark County and surrounding areas.   

“There is so much positive momentum and excitement occurring in Clark County right now,” said Shelley Short.  “We are gearing up for a fabulous 2024 and invite you to join us in building a community that is the best place in Arkansas to do business, visit, or call home.” 

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